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5.0 out of 5 starsAwesome unit, step up from smaller Show 5
Reviewed in Australia on 26 February 2020
I imported 2x Echo Show 8's from UK. They are awesome displays for family photos, audio is x10 better and are otherwise identical to the smaller Show5's. Yes, the clock display cant be set to full screen. Minor grumble.
Alexa could be so good but her constant harping on and on, with no way of stopping..Try Aleca where is the bank, Try Alexa show me the weather..after the first few days We GET IT but there is no way of turning it off..even putting nothing on the screen bar clock and temperature you still get the nagging running across the screen. It is my only complaint but will stop me buying anything more till this is addressed. Amazon have known about this for quite awhile, a world wide issue and nothing. The wallpaper is great but while nagging along the bottom no way of finding where photo was taken. It will be more useful as time goes on but lose the suggestions.
I find the echo show quite good. The sound to me is almost on par with my 2nd generation echo. The screen is useful to check smart cameras, reminders and calendar. However I would prefer it having more options to customise. One thing I particularly don’t like is “tips” and “try alexa”, would like the option to have it turned off without affecting my continuous rotation. The other thing is the clock, would’ve prefer if its much bigger and take more than like 1/8th of the screen.
Brought it on pre order at so called 1/2 price "that's all it's worth". You can only watch prime video all other streaming services like Netfix, stan and Disney are not allowed ??? I have had to do a full factory reset in the first month as all it would tell me was "something went wrong" and would no nothing I asked. It also does not pick your voice up anywhere near as good as the echo dot 3 that it replaced and even though it's in the same room as the WIFI router it shows the orange connection issue bar several times a day. Sound is ok on par with the dot but with more bass nothing to make you go wow over, nice and clear fo my audio books. Does everything the dot can do plus prime video scrolling pictures, weather updates and clock. As Amazon search is nowhere near Google's, the fact they block Netflix and others plus a lot of the features that work in the USA don't work here in Australia means its gimped at the get go and time will only tell? Web browsing is also awful again using their own limited silk browser or a butched firefox . According to reports this device is running on Android, why would you cripple the useability by locking down and limit what could actually achieved by this device, it should be able to do everything a tablet can do and more? In the end it's an ok device at $120 whilst being crippled by blocking certain things, do not pay full price it is not worth that amount of money.
I wanted to love the Echo Show 8 but the design flaw on the microphone to pick-up my commands is just frustrating. My other Echo devices in my kitchen (Echo Spot) and living room (Echo Input) able to pick my commands even when I am closer to Echo Show 8. I have to changed wake up commands for Spot and Input as I have to raise my voice to make sure the Show 8 able to listen to my commands.
Bought this for it clock capabilities. Disappointed that there is no option to make clock display bigger or for to change format of clock as the Echo 5 does brilliantly. Echo 8 has good sound from speaker.